Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide the chance won’t come again
For the times they are a-changin’ – Bob Dylan
I know what you’re thinkin’! “There he goes again! Applying seminal song lyrics as a metaphor for a simple shift from the printed word to a podcast has to herald the kind of megalomania that puts Kanye West’s regular rants to shame!”
Oh c’mon! When have I ever passed up an opportunity to apply a fascinating hyperbole and vast artificial narcissism to make a point? Some folks say it’s a significant portion of my boundless and immutable charm!
But yes! DOA with Jeff Ward (Decisions, Opinions and Analysis) will gloriously go live with our initial installment hitting the cyberwaves on Monday, December 14. In fact, we already have the first three episodes in the (figurative) bag with Nexxus Publishing putting the finishing editing touches on those gems as we speak.
Here’s what’s in the hopper:
December 14 – Illinois 50th District State Rep Keith Wheeler and I discuss how those scurrilous Springfield Democrats refuse to return to Springfield to rein in the Governor and actually govern.
December 16 – Former frequent Ward & Jones substitute co-host Jeff Meyer comes on the show to discuss the merit – or vast lack thereof – of the Elgin city council threatening to hire a Human Rights Officer and Sustainability Coordinator smack dab in the middle of a pandemic.
December 18 – Geneva business owner and dance teacher extraordinaire, Jamie Vargo, will make an appearance to discuss some of the local businesses she’s come to know and love. We need to do everything we can to see that those enterprises survive the plague era.
And just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any better than that, it does! Because we’ll have Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain, two of the fine founding members of the Re-Open D303 Schools citizens group, and St. Charles Park District Outreach Ambassador and Naturalist, Pam Otto on the following week!
Former Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen has also signed on to be a regular guest. Talk about the best Christmas ever! And here’s how the transition from the written to spoken word is gonna work!
Starting on Thursday (and I have an Aurora scoop that will curl your toenails), non-premium content columns will initially go up on the DOA Podcast site and Facebook Page with a link to each piece showing up on www.TheFirstWard.net a couple of days later.
Non-premium podcasts will be available MWF mornings on:
- The DOA website
- The DOA Facebook page
- The First Ward
- The First Ward Facebook page
- iTunes Podcasts
- Google Podcasts
Beginning sometime in January (we’re going to do this gradually), most podcasts and columns will only be available only at www.patreon.com/DOAPodcast. That’s also the place where you can sign up to be a DOA member, which beats any of Oprah’s silly Christmas gifts hands down.
Talk about being a part of an exclusive group!
Again, I want to thank Nexxus Publishing for their immense support in this endeavor and I can’t tell you just how much I’m looking forward to continuing the spoken word conversation with some stellar guests and co-hosts.
And you thought 2020 was a total loss!